Saturday, April 13, 2013

Paddy Mac's - No blarney about food here; Irish dishes shine

Paddy Mac’s Irish Bar and Grill
10971 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens 33410 (Promenade Plaza)
Mon-Thurs: 11:30 a.m. to midnight
Fri and Sat: 11:30 to 2 a.m.

By Jane Feehan

Some say the Irish can’t cook. Of Irish blood, I would be inclined to agree – at least years ago. A visit to Paddy Mac’s Irish Bar and Grill in Palm Beach Gardens may change a few minds. Probably as many dine as drink here and there are plenty of reasons why.

The owner, Ken Wade, and a few of his chefs, including Ann Gibbons, hail from Ireland where they finely tuned their culinary skills at Ashford Castle Hotel in County Mayo. The food at Paddy Mac’s reflects their experience with and enthusiasm for dishes both rural and urban.

Irish Cottage pie, one of their rural creations, is a tasty blend of ground beef blended with savory sauce and diced vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes. Chicken Tipperary is also a winner.  Stuffed (not rolled) with a flavorful dressing accented with apples and almonds, this entrée comes drizzled with a slightly sweet whiskey sauce.

Seafood lovers with a taste for something different can dine on Fisherman’s pie of fresh scallops, shrimp and salmon with a tomato basil sauce and a pastry crust finish.  There are a variety of these “pies” including a vegetarian rendition and a steak and mushroom creation.  Lamb, prime steaks, chops, fish, burgers and salads round out the offerings.

Paddy Mac’s offers a comfortable, cozy setting with table cloths and décor that may remind one of an upscale pub in Ireland. For a virtual tour (gotta love this feature), see: Patio dining and party room (of course) available. Full bar and good wine list. Paddy Mac’s is located at the Promenade Plaza so there is plenty of parking.

Tags: Palm Beach Gardens restaurants, Irish pubs in Palm Beach County, Irish pubs in Palm Beach Gardens, pubs open late in Palm Beach Gardens.

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